Musician Passes Away
Renowned erhu performing artist Min Huifen, 69, passed away in Shanghai
Chinese General Visits U.S.
Fang Fenghui, Chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, pays a visit to the United States on May 13, starting with a tour of an American aircraft carrier

"[We] hope that everyone can see clearly the nature and intention of violent terrorist groups and support China's effort to combat terrorist activities, safeguard social order and stability, and protect people's lives and property."

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, commenting on a video released by the Turkistan Islamic Party that claimed responsibility for a deadly terrorist attack at a railway station in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, at a press briefing on May 14

"In China the salaries for college graduates are even lower than those of the migrant laborers and nursery-maids. This indicates that there is something wrong with our production structure. We should put more emphasis on the quality instead of quantity of the jobs we create."

Eminent economist Wu Jinglian, research fellow of the Development Research Center of the State Council

"China's status as an upper middle-income country based on its per-capita GDP doesn't mean that its resident income level is above the world average, despite a close link between the two indicators. Without proper distribution policies, there could be a deviation between them."

Su Hainan, Vice Director of China Association for Labor Studies, talking to China Economic Weekly

"The [popularity of] Chinese language and culture is growing very quickly [in America]. There is perhaps no relationship that would be more important for the future in our world than for China and the United States to begin to more deeply understand one and another."

David Coleman, President of the College Board of the United States, talking to Xinhua News Agency

Protecting Courtyards

Beijing Youth Daily

May 13

The first overall investigation undertaken as part of an effort to better protect courtyard houses, has come to an end. Nowadays, most of these old houses are in a dilapidated condition because too many people are still living there. A few courtyard houses have been repaired and used for purposes other than residence, but there is a lack of the bustling atmosphere of daily life in areas containing such properties.

Return of Zhang Yimou

China Newsweek

May 12

Zhang Yimou, one of China's leading film directors, was thrown into the limelight again after the screening of his artistic film Return, which stars famous Chinese actress Gong Li as the heroine. The film is a moving love story is set during the "cultural revolution" (1966-76), in which the hero tries to restore his wife's memory of him after coming back from a labor camp.

Zhang said that the novel on which the film is based on is excellent and reflected his own emotions. He described it as one of the few great novels which he has been lucky enough to discover.

Fresh Faces Migrant workers from the countryside at an electronics factory in Zhengzhou, capital of Henan Province (LI BO)
Heavy Rain A primary school student in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, walks through the rain after school (ZHOU MI)
Graft Clampdown
Prosecutors in China have investigated 10,840 people suspected of involvement in bribery, corruption and embezzlement between January and March
Employment Incentives
Preferential policies will be granted to encourage college graduates to work at the community level
Nuclear Safety
China is working to form a 300-member state-level rescue team specialized in nuclear emergencies
Delta Force Visitors observe a delta wing aircraft at the 2014 China Import Expo, held in Kunshan, east China’s Jiangsu Province (SHEN PENG)
Rooftop Cultivation Workers walk through a roof garden in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (XINHUA)
Inflation Eases
China's consumer inflation fell to an 18-month low in April and factory-gate prices declined further
Yuan Bond
Bank of China will list its first offshore yuan bond on the Euro MTF market of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange
Quicker Loans
A chief of China's central bank has urged the country's commercial banks to be quicker in approving and issuing loans to "eligible" home buyers
Yin Zhongli
A researcher with the Institute of Finance and Banking at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
To shield the economy from the shocks of the global financial crisis, China adopted a proactive fiscal policy and a loose monetary policy. However, the side effects yielded by the drastic credit expansion have begun to surface, such as high corporate debt ratios, severe overcapacity and operational risks in the financial market
    A miner is rescued by friends after an explosion in Manisa, on May 13. As of May 14, the death toll was 238 (XINHUA/AFP)
    Members of an election commission count ballots at a polling station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on May 11. An organizer said the turnout for the referendum shows 89.07 percent of voters backed independence (XINHUA/AFP)
    Brides take part in a mass marriage ceremony in Mumbai on May 11. Social organizations commonly facilitate mass marriages to cut down ceremony costs, which may include the custom of dowry and expensive gifts from the bride’s family (XINHUA/AFP)
    Major General Kristin Lund of Norway and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hold a media conference at UN headquarters in New York City on May 12. Lund was appointed the new head of the UN military peacekeeping force in Cyprus, becoming the organization’s first female military commander (XINHUA/AFP)
    A helicopter from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization flies through a swarm of locusts to spread pesticides on May 7 in Tsiroanomandidy (XINHUA/AFP)
  • PERU
    Police agents show counterfeit U.S. dollar bills after a forgery ring was dismantled in Lima on May 10. About 1.8 million counterfeit bills were seized at a clandestine printing plant in the operation that day (XINHUA/AFP)
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